To cite an old Egyptian cliché, Nasser (1918-1970) was the ‘first Egyptian to rule Egypt since Cleopatra.’ Deposing the corrupt king Farouk, abolishing the monarchy and negotiating the withdrawal of the British, Nasser was truly beloved by millions. Even after catastrophic military disaster in the ‘Six-Day War’ of 1967, having resigned in humiliation, such was his standing that people filled the streets to clamour for his reinstatement. In this captivating profile, Joel Gordon examines the legacy of the famous autocrat, being careful to include his limitations as well as his many strengths.
Joel Gordon is Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History and Popular Culture at the University of Arkansas. He is author of Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolution, currently in its second edition.